Dear friends and supporters,
You are all friends and you are all supporters and Louise and Lily and I need to, once again, express our appreciation for all you’ve done for us over the years we’ve been in Uganda.
Some of you have been around since it was just “Jason in Uganda.” Some came aboard when it was “Jason and Louise in Uganda.” Some have come along recently since it’s been “Jason and Louise and Lily in Uganda.” Whether for five years or a few months, you’ve all made contributions of all kinds that we have felt in significant ways, that have kept us going, kept us smiling, and made us smile some times when smiling has been difficult. You’ve played essential roles in the unique relationship of dependency, faith and love that characterizes the call and the life of overseas mission work.
God has taken control of planning and strategy for both Louise and me--and all of us--from the very beginning, and has often taken us places and accomplished things that have surprised us, pleasantly. One part of the plan we’ve both known since we left our homes for Uganda, is that we would one day leave Uganda. That time has come.
Louise and Lily and I are flying to Belfast on Monday April 13th. We made this decision after several weeks and several conversations with each other and family and friends in Uganda and Ireland and the U.S., as well as lots of prayer and listening to God. My primary task as Athletic Director at Uganda Christian University has been to establish an Athletic Department with a foundation of staff, coaches, teams, equipment, facilities, scholarships and policies and procedures that will govern and maintain the Department and allow it to continue to grow. I have done this. And I’m confident that the people who are now in place have the vision and the skills to continue building the Department into an efficient and successful and integral part of Uganda Christian University. Even more importantly, I’ve been able to participate directly in the discipleship and building of young men and women who will be the future leaders of families, churches, businesses, teams and communities in Uganda and across East Africa.
For Louise and me, and even Lily, life at UCU has been full of opportunities to contribute to building of God’s Kingdom. All of the opportunities are blessings, but many of them are also very big challenges and come with responsibilities that can be physically, mentally and spiritually draining. Over the last year, the work has taken a noticeable toll on my physical well-being. Combining this with the fact that we’ve accomplished the specific tasks we’ve been given, Louise and I agree that it is time for us to move on.
Our lead missions agency, CMS-Ireland, is flying us to Belfast and will take care of us for a period of up to four months in Northern Ireland. We see this as nothing short of a God-given gift of a much-needed Sabbath.
We’re not sure what God wants us to do after getting some rest. But we’re sure He’ll let us know when we need to know. I’ve applied for a couple teaching and coaching jobs in the U.S. and will continue to look for such openings as they come up, either in Ireland or the U.S.
Regarding financial support, money given to CMS-USA will still be channeled to CMS-Ireland and will help with our living costs while we’re in Ireland. If any of you have been supporting us financially and would like to continue supporting work in Uganda and/or at UCU, please email and let us know and we can give you several good options of people and projects that need support.
We know we won’t be able to see all of you in person, and that even if we could we would not be able to offer adequate thanks. But we hope to get the chance to try to thank as many of you as possible. May God bless you all, mightily.